1968-69 Top 51 -- NBC Gives CBS a Challenge for 1st Place

Written Grasping for 60's Laughs by Bridger Cunningham.

Sitcom silliness slapped the 60's heavily, but a new tide changed as NBC debuted a landmark first as it not only found success in new sitcom Julia.  But also a first as its marquee star was black female lead Diahann Carroll.  10 sitcoms traipsed the top-30 lineup, with CBS claiming 7 markings.  Musical and comedy variety shows sliced 9 more helpings, again with CBS taking 6 victories.   A newfound police/civic trend located 5 law-enforcement-themed top-30 contenders, and Western period pieces faded down to 4 helpings with NBC claiming 3 spaces.

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